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2005年NPR美国国家公共电台九月-Cooking to Keep Memories of Egypt Alive

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Commentator1 Yasmine Noujaim enjoys keeping her Egyptian heritage alive. She just doesn't like to do it in the kitchen. But, she's afraid that her mother's old recipes may one day disappear. So she took out a frying pan and decided2 to try to give one of them a shot.

My mother came to the United States from Cairo Egypt more than 20 years ago. She carried with her in the lining3 of her luggage, the recipes of her childhood. I should have acquired my mother's most-cherished cooking secrets by observing her, but while I enjoying eating her dishes, I was never really interested in preparing them, now she claims that all her recipes will die with her one day if I don't start to learn. Had we been living in Egypt, this would have been a great embarrassment4 to my family. My grandmother reminds me every time she visits us that cooking should be second nature for an Egyptian woman, like belly5 dancing or knowing the words to the songs of the famous Egyptian singer W. The other day, I decided, I wanted to learn how to cook, I asked my mother if she knew of any simple recipe she could share with me. She chose a vegetarian6 dish, needing little more than one eggplant, to some olive oil and, of course, garlic, the most common ingredient in middle eastern dishes.

Kitchens in Egyptian apartments reek7 of garlic all the time; the stench ingrained in the floors, the cabinets and the ceiling from years of cooking with it. The recipe, BM, calls for frying the eggplant slices in some olive oil. Many of the recipes my mother cooked in our kitchen at home required frying, as I dropped my eggplant slices into my pan, the oil sizzled, cracking and popping with the presence of the vegetable. The eggplant sucked up the oil quickly. Its middle turning from a pale white to a darker green as the fluid absorbed. While flipping8 the pieces over, the flesh was softening9, the skin turning a golden brown. My eggplant was coming along nicely. It had turned to crisp brown on top and when I poked10 a fork inside, it cut right through like it was supposed to do. I sprinkled a bit of garlic on top and took a bite. As I put the piece in my mouth, none of the flavorful taste of my mother's cooking rushed to my senses. The taste of my eggplant was waydown by too much salt and grease,the oil dripping in big drops from my fork. My mother's reaction to my kitchen mishap11, however, was surprising . She told me that in fact, she didn't really learn how to cook until she was married, making many mistakes of her own and usually using my father as the guinea pig. She said at some point in my life, I would crave12 one of her dishes so badly that I would find a way to make it, do it well and pass it on for future generations.


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1 commentator JXOyu     
n.注释者,解说者;实况广播评论员
参考例句:
  • He is a good commentator because he can get across the game.他能简单地解说这场比赛,是个好的解说者。
  • The commentator made a big mistake during the live broadcast.在直播节目中评论员犯了个大错误。
2 decided lvqzZd     
adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
参考例句:
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
3 lining kpgzTO     
n.衬里,衬料
参考例句:
  • The lining of my coat is torn.我的外套衬里破了。
  • Moss makes an attractive lining to wire baskets.用苔藓垫在铁丝篮里很漂亮。
4 embarrassment fj9z8     
n.尴尬;使人为难的人(事物);障碍;窘迫
参考例句:
  • She could have died away with embarrassment.她窘迫得要死。
  • Coughing at a concert can be a real embarrassment.在音乐会上咳嗽真会使人难堪。
5 belly QyKzLi     
n.肚子,腹部;(像肚子一样)鼓起的部分,膛
参考例句:
  • The boss has a large belly.老板大腹便便。
  • His eyes are bigger than his belly.他眼馋肚饱。
6 vegetarian 7KGzY     
n.素食者;adj.素食的
参考例句:
  • She got used gradually to the vegetarian diet.她逐渐习惯吃素食。
  • I didn't realize you were a vegetarian.我不知道你是个素食者。
7 reek 8tcyP     
v.发出臭气;n.恶臭
参考例句:
  • Where there's reek,there's heat.哪里有恶臭,哪里必发热。
  • That reek is from the fox.那股恶臭是狐狸发出的。
8 flipping b69cb8e0c44ab7550c47eaf7c01557e4     
讨厌之极的
参考例句:
  • I hate this flipping hotel! 我讨厌这个该死的旅馆!
  • Don't go flipping your lid. 别发火。
9 softening f4d358268f6bd0b278eabb29f2ee5845     
变软,软化
参考例句:
  • Her eyes, softening, caressed his face. 她的眼光变得很温柔了。它们不住地爱抚他的脸。 来自汉英文学 - 家(1-26) - 家(1-26)
  • He might think my brain was softening or something of the kind. 他也许会觉得我婆婆妈妈的,已经成了个软心肠的人了。
10 poked 87f534f05a838d18eb50660766da4122     
v.伸出( poke的过去式和过去分词 );戳出;拨弄;与(某人)性交
参考例句:
  • She poked him in the ribs with her elbow. 她用胳膊肘顶他的肋部。
  • His elbow poked out through his torn shirt sleeve. 他的胳膊从衬衫的破袖子中露了出来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 mishap AjSyg     
n.不幸的事,不幸;灾祸
参考例句:
  • I'm afraid your son had a slight mishap in the playground.不好了,你儿子在操场上出了点小意外。
  • We reached home without mishap.我们平安地回到了家。
12 crave fowzI     
vt.渴望得到,迫切需要,恳求,请求
参考例句:
  • Many young children crave attention.许多小孩子渴望得到关心。
  • You may be craving for some fresh air.你可能很想呼吸呼吸新鲜空气。
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